Issue #42
Late Mid-Summer, 2000
Title Author Publisher Subject
Music of Another World[B]* Szymon Laks Northwestern University Press WWII concentration camps
Sweeping Changes:[B] Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks Gary Thorp Walker Zen
My Garden Book[B] Jamaica Kincaid Farrar, Strauss, Giroux Gardening
Chiro Carlos Amantea [Article] Mexican Fiestas
Jesus Christ in the South Bronx E. J. Whittier [Poem] Modern Urban Poetry
A Conspiracy of Paper David Liss Random House Fiction --- New Finance
Suicide Ruth Shonle Cavan The University of Chicago Press Review by H. L. Mencken
Sailing Alone Around the World*[N] Captain Joshua Slocum Shambhala Travel --- Sailing
As Nature Made Him:[N] The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl John Colapinto Harper/Collins Sexual Experimentation --- Case Study
Woodrow Wilson[N] Louis Auchincloss Penguin History --- Biography
Self-Portrait So Chongju [Poem] Korean Poetry
Rum, Romanism, & Rebellion: The Making of a President, 1884 Mark Wahlgren Summers University of North Carolina 19th Century Political History
Surviving as a Musician in Birkenau Szymon Laks [Reading] Concentration Camps --- Survival
Mayflies: New Poems and Translations Richard Wilbur Harcourt Poetry Collection
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #43
Early Late Summer, 2000
Title Author Publisher Subject
Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic[B] Osho [Rajneesh] St. Martin's Press "Autobiography"
Children in the Middle Ages:[B] 5th - 15th Centuries Danièle Alexandre-Bodon and Didier Lett Notre Dame History --- Children
Pain: The Science of Suffering[B] Patrick Wall Columbia University Press Study of Pain
My Father Travels Dilip Chitre [Poem] Contemporary Indian Poetry
Letter from Skåne Dr. Phage [Article] Lund
In the Service of the King: The Story of My Life Aimée Semple McPherson Boni & Liveright Review by H. L. Mencken
My Life Isadora Duncan Boni & Liveright Review by H. L. Mencken
People Who Torture Stanley Milgram [Reading] Psychological Study
Trails to Tiburón:[N] The 1894 and 1895 Field Diaries of W J McGee Hazel McFeely Fontana, Transcriber University of Arizona Geological Study of the Sonoran Desert
Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles:[N] How Bugs Find Strength in Numbers Gilbert Waldbauer Harvard Study of Bugs
Nabokov's Butterflies:[N] Unpublished and Uncollected Writings Brian Boyd, Robert M. Pyle, Dmitri Nabokov Beacon Anthology of Nabokov's Writings
The Shark with a Lightbulb On His Tongue Sam Swope [Reading] Children's Fiction
Top Pop Hits RALPH Editors [List] Most Popular Reviews in RALPH
Victorian Painting Christopher Wood Bulfinch Art --- Victorian Paintings
When I Was Mortal Javier Marías New Directions Modern Spanish Short Stories
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"

Issue #44
Mid-Late Summer, 2000
Title Author Publisher Subject
Worthwhile Books of the Season RALPH Editors [List] Best Books of the Season
Cider Hard and Sweet:[B] History, Traditions, and Making Your Own Ben Watson Countryman Press How-to-do-it
A Queer Chivalry:[B] The Homoerotic Asceticism of Gerard Manley Hopkins Julia F. Saville University of Virginia Literary Biography
A Fly for the Prosecution:[B] How Insect Evidence Helps Solve Crimes* M. Lee Goff Harvard Forensic Entomology
Famine in Russia Brian Moynahan [Reading] Collectivization of the Soviet Kulaks --- 1930 - 1933
Sam Goody Then . . .And Now Matthew Lasar [Article] Personal History of Sam Goodys
Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery Maxine Kumin Norton Disability --- Personal History
Jacobson's Organ: And the Remarkable Nature of Smell Lyall Watson Norton A Study of the Nose
Eiserene Rose: The Story of the Archangel Mihaela Charles Krafft [Poem] Modern American Love Poetry
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl:[N] Written by Herself Harriet Jacobs Penguin Memoirs --- Slavery
The Crystal and the Way of Light:[N] Sutra, Tantra, and Dzogchen Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, John Shane, Editor Snow Lion The Way of Dzogchen
Demeure:[N] Fiction and Testimony Jacques Derrida Stanford Study of Derrida
The Nursing Home John Banville [Reading] Psychology
Nutmeg: Or, The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History Giles Milton Penguin History of Commerce
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #45
Late, Late Summer, 2000
Title Author Publisher Subject
Boils Charles Bukowski [Reading] Skin Problems
The Tipping Point:[B] How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Malcolm Gladwell Little, Brown Study of Details
My Friend Is Struggling with Unplanned Pregnancy[B] Josh McDowell and Ed Stewart Word Inspirational
Ham on Rye*[B] Charles Bukowski Rebel Modern Fiction
Contemplating Again the Jade Chrysanthemum, or Why the Ancient Chinese Poets Remained Unmarried Len Roberts [Poem] Contemporary Poetry
Herbert Hoover Visits Los Angeles Charles Bukowski [Poem] Contemporary Poetry
Swarm Jorie Graham Ecco/Harper Collins Contemporary Poetry
When in the Course of Human Events:[N] Arguing the Case for Southern Secession Charles Adams Roman & Littlefield Possible History
Wild:[N] Stories of Survival from the World's Most Dangerous Places Clint Ellis, Editor Avalon Stories of Survival
Dust:[N] A History of the Small and the Invisible Joseph A. Amato University of California Contemporary Scientific Studies
If Superman Lived in Mexico Carlos Amantea [Article] Mexico and Disability
Rescuing Jeffrey Richard Galli Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill Disability
Strange Foods: An Epicurean Adventure Around the World Jerry Hopkins Periplus/Tuttle Exotic Cookery
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #46
Very Late Summer, 2000
Title Author Publisher Subject
Indian School:[B] Teaching the White Man's Way Michael L. Cooper Clarion History of BIA Schools
The Secret Knowledge of Water:[B] Discovering the Essence of the American Desert* Craig Childs Sasquatch Water in the Desert
The War of the Century:[B] When Hitler Fought Stalin Laurence Rees The New Press WWII
Fishers of Men Kate Gale Red Hen Press Women's Poetry
On Dying Elizabeth Gips [Article] Final Statement
The Ethics of Homelessness: Philosophical Perspectives G. John M. Abbarno, Editor Rodopi Essays on Homelessness
The Innocents Within Robert Daley Villard Novel --- WWII
The Lolos Tom Bradley [Article] Contemporary Chinese Aboriginals
Children of a Vanished World:[N] Photographs of Roman Vishniac Mara Vishniac Kohn and Miriam Hartman Flacks, Editors University of California Photographic Essay, Life in Central Europe, pre-WWII
Wonders of the Natural Mind:[N] The Essence of Dzogchen in the Native Bon Tradition of Tibet Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Snow Lion Tibetan Buddhism
Circumcision:[N] A History of the World's Most Controversial Surgery David L. Gollaher Basic Books Circumcision
The Architecture of the Shakers Julia Nicoletta Countryman Press Early American Architecture
The Most Popular Book Reviews RALPH Editors [List] Reviews that Receive the Most Hits
Trapping Rats and Other Problems Kate Gale [Poem] Contemporary Women's Poetry
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #47
Very, Very Early Fall, 2000
Title Author Publisher Subject
The Grand Canyon and the Southwest* Ansel Adams Little Brown Historic Photographs of the American Southwest
The Experts Jack Myers [Poem] Poem about Poets
My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latino King Reymundo Sanchez Chicago Review Press Gangbanging
Netherlandish Art --- 1400 - 1600[B] Henk van Os and others Waanders/Rijksmuseum Art --- Late Medieval and Early Renaissance
One Hundred Jobs:[B] A Panorama of Work in the American City Ron Howell The New Press Photographic Essay
The Kommandant's Mistress[B] Sherri Szeman Arcade Fiction --- WWII
Five Great Books RALPH Editors [List] Five Great Books
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius David Eggers Simon & Schuster Coming-of-Age Novel
"Ay, but to die and go we know not where" Frank Kermode [Reading] Thoughts on Shakespeare's use of Language
Shrike's Passion in the Luncheonette Nathanael West [Reading] 1930s American Literature
The Øresund Fixed Link Dr. Phage [Article] Thoughts on Denmark and Sweden
The Fundamental Mind Master Song Chol [Reading] Thoughts on Buddha and Jesus
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #48
Early Fall, 2000
Title Author Publisher Subject
My Father and Myself J. R. Ackerley New York Review Memoirs of the Early 20th Century
Acupuncture and Cleansing at Forty-Eight Len Roberts [Poem] Contemporary American Poetry
The Buddha Scroll[B] Introduction by Thomas Cleary Shambhala Reproduction of Original Scroll from 1180
Sacred Roads:[B] Adventures from the Pilgrimage Trail* Nicholas Shrady Harper/San Francisco Travel --- Pilgrimages
The Black Room at Longwood:[B] Napoleon's Exile on Saint Helena Jean-Paul Kauffmann Four Walls, Eight Windows Thoughts on Saint Helena and Napoleon's Exile
Sex and Violence and the Federal Communications Commission L. W. Milam [Article] Thoughts on the Regulation of Sex and Violence on American Television
Contempt Alberto Moravia New York Review Contemporary Italian Fiction
Tales from Rhapsody Home:[N] Or, What They Don't Tell You About Senior Living John Gould Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill Thoughts on Retirement Homes
Dancing Alone in Mexico:[N] From the Border to Baja and Beyond Ron Butler University of Arizona Travel, Mexico
The Wildest Dream:[N] The Biography of George Mallory Peter & Leni Gillman Mountaineers Books George Mallory and Mountaineering
A Science Fiction Fable from the 19th Century James Billington [Reading] Russian Culture
Living in the Number One Country: Reflections from a Critic of American Empire Herbert I. Schiller Seven Stories Press Critique of American Corporations
Sister Ann Zita Shows Us the Foolishness of the Forbidden Books Len Roberts [Poem] Contemporary American Poetry
St. Petersburg James Billington [Reading] Russian Culture
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #49
Early Mid-Fall, 2000
Title Author Publisher Subject
In the Land of White Death:[B] An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic Valerian Albanov Random House Travel in the Arctic North in 1912
The War Against Boys[B] Christina Hoff Sommers Simon and Schuster The Case Against Feminists
The Boy in the Lake[B] Eric Swanson St. Martins Fiction --- Growing up in Ohio
Amphibians:[B] The World of Frogs, Toads, Salamanders and Newts Richard Hofrichter, Editor Firefly Books Frogs, Toads, Salamanders and Newts
The Inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt Hugh Gregory Gallagher [Reading] FDR
The Hindoo Matchstick J. R. Ackerley [Reading] Memoirs of turn-of-the-century India
Hidden Witness: African-American Images from the Dawn of Photography to the Civil War Jackie Napolean Wilson St. Martin's Press Photographic Images from the 19th Century
Medicine Woman Cheryl Savageau [Poem] Native American Poetry
The Earth Is a Satellite of the Moon Lionel Rugama [Poem] Astronaut Poetry
Feasting, Fasting[N] Anita Desai Mariner Fiction --- India
Atget[N] John Szarkowski Callaway Turn-of-the-Century French Photography
Nightwood[N] Djuna Barnes Modern Library Fiction of the 30s
Still Here:[N] Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying Ram Dass Riverhead Autobiography
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #50
Mid-Fall, 2000
Title Author Publisher Subject
Worthwhile Books for the Fall RALPH Editors [List] Twelve of the Best Books
The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson[B] Chester G Hearn McFarland 19th Century U. S. History
Zen Sex:[B] The Way of Making Love Philip Toshio Sudo Harper/San Francisco Sexual Aspects of Zen Buddhism
Vogue Women[B] Georgina Howell Thunder's Mouth Press Fashionable Women
Three by Belloc Hillaire Belloc [Poems] Children's Poetry
Johann Sebastian Bach Christoph Wolff Norton Biography
Hanging Clothes in the Sun Cheryl Savageau [Poem] Contemporary Poetry
Hell on Wheels Stephanie Thomas [Reading] Radical Disability
Storm[N] Allen Noren Traveler's Tales Contemporary Travel --- Motorcycle
The Tree of Life[N] Hugh Nissenson Paul Dry Fiction about the 19th Century
The Bewitchment of Silver:[N] The Social Economy of Mining in Nineteenth-Century Peru Josť R. Deustua Ohio University Press Silver Production in Peru in the 19th Century
Good-Bye My Friend: Pet Cemeteries, Memorials, and Other Ways to Remember, a Collection of Thoughts, Feelings, and Resources Michele Lanci-Altomare BowTie Funerary Practices for Pets
Shakespeare's Language* Frank Kermode Farrar Straus Studies in Shakespeare
The Life of Richard Wagner: Volume One 1813-1848 Ernest Newman Alfred A Knopf Review by H. L. Mencken
Wagner W. J. Turner Macmillan Review by H. L. Mencken
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex* Nathaniel Philbrick Viking Whale-Hunting in the 19th Century
The Zeroth Number Charles Seife [Reading] Zero and One
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #51
Late Fall, 2000
Title Author Publisher Subject
Acupuncture and Cleansing at Forty-Eight Len Roberts [Poem] Contemporary American Poetry
Emanuel Swedenborg Seeing Angels Emanuel Swedenborg [Reading] 18th Century Angeology
Blackbird Dust: Essays, Poems, and Photographs Jonathan Williams Turtle Point Memoirs
The Great Arc:[B] The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named John Keay Harper Collins 19th Century Geography
The Book of War:[B] 25 Centuries of Great War Writing John Keegan Penguin Essays on War
A Stubborn Light:[B] The Best of the Sun, Vol. III Sy Safransky, Editor Sun Publishing Anthology
Life on a Chicken Ranch Betty MacDonald [Reading] Early 20th Century Chicken Study
The Rooster in the Wristwatch Dr. Phage [Article] Talking Electronic Do-Dads
Loving Sabotage[N] Amélie Nothomb New Directions Memoirs
The Divine Duty of Servants:[N] A Book of Worship Rolando Perez Cool Groove Masochism
Gertrude Bell:[N] The Arabian Diaries, 1913 - 1914 Rosemary O'Brien, Editor Syracuse University Press Travel in Arabia
Oranges from Palestine Mike Maggio [Poem] Contemporary Poetry
No One's Perfect Hirotada Ototake Kodansha Tetra-amelia
Emanuel Swedenborg's Journal of Dreams Commentary by Wilson van Dusen Swedenborg Foundation Dreams --- mid 18th Century
Why They Do It Cheryl Savageau [Poem] Contemporary Poetry
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #52
Early Winter, 2000
Title Author Publisher Subject
A Ramble through My War:[B] Anzio and Other Joys Charles F. Marshall Louisana State University Memoirs --- WWII
Coloring Your Prayers:[B] An Inspirational Coloring Book for Making Dreams Come True Carolyn Manzi Crown Dream-work
Baradla Cave[B] Eva SvankmajerovŠ Twisted Spoon Press, Prague Contemporary Czech Fiction
The Truth About Dogs: An Inquiry into the Ancestry, Social Conventions, Mental habits, and Moral Fiber of Canis Familiaris Stephen Budiansky Viking Canine Lore
The Redwoods of Baja California Carlos Amantea [Article] Travel in Baja
The Erik Erikson Reader Robert Coles, Editor Norton Lectures and Essays
So Far from God: The U. S. War with Mexico, 1846 - 1848 John S. D. Eisenhower University of Oklahoma Mexican-American War
The Microbe Hillaire Belloc [Poem] Children's Poetry
Malignant Self Love:[N] Narcissism Revisited Sam Vaknin, Ph.D Narcissus Publications Mental Health
Malignant Sadness:[N] The Anatomy of Depression Lewis Wolpert The Free Press Mental Health
To a Distant Island[N] James McConkey Paul Dry Books Anton Chekhov
The Excitement Frank McCourt [Reading] Onanism
God's Blessing Len Roberts [Poem] Modern American Poetry
A Parliament of Trees V. Garshin [Reading] 19th Century Russian Literature
Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives Joseph Glenmullen, M.D. Simon & Schuster Contemporary Pharmacology
Martin Luther and 15th Century Rome Erik Erikson [Reading] Essay
The RALPH Top Pops RALPH Editors [List] Twenty of our Most Popular Reviews
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

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